Last night (Sat) the Royal Cork Yacht Club was buzzing for a delightful evening of chat, fun, meeting old friends and generally having a great time. The night also marked the official handing over of certificates to all who had successfully completed their navigation or yacht master courses which are conducted by Sailcork at the club throughout the year and Eddie and Jo English took this occasion to celebrate Sailcork’s fortieth anniversary with a magnificent dinner held in Royal Cork’s newly named dining room ‘The Globe Restaurant’. Special guests included Royal Cork Admiral, Pat Lyons and the Admiral’s Lady, Ann. From Dublin came the Commodore of the Royal St.George Yacht Club, Commodore Liam O’Rourke and joining these special guests were Commodore Adrian Tyler from Cove Sailing Club and his delightful wife Teresa.
Following the meal and with everybody in the mood to enjoy Eddie’s special presentation of a digital slide show, all present settled down to be treated to a history not only of Sailcork and its forerunner, The International Sailing Centre, but he also took the captivated audience right back to Cork Harbour’s history of sailing from the year 1664. There were many cheers and guffaws from members of the audience who recognized themselves on the screen in photographs from many years back. Commodore Liam O’Rourke then gave a very entertaining talk on his long sailing association with Eddie and entertained the audience greatly with some of their exploits over the years in the Caribbean. Your scribe thinks some of the laughter may even have been heard in the village!!
The very successful evening was brought to a close with a hilarious presentation by Captain Anthony Mulcahy, Harbour Pilot with the Port of Cork, giving a picture, no doubt highly embellished, of what it was like to work with Eddie over the years and this drew howls of laughter from the audience. Anthony currently conducts the VHF course for Sailcork. He certainly had no difficulty in communicating with his very receptive audience last night.
All in all a great evening was enjoyed by all present.